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What is a Class A RV?

Ever wonder what is a Class A RV? From advantages to disadvantages, here’s everything you need to know before deciding if a Class A is right for your family.

Class A RV at a campground

Class A motorhomes are the biggest of all recreational vehicles. what comes to mind when you picture buying an RV.

Class A’s are the lap of luxury. Everything is solid, shiny, and comfortable; but, this comes with a hefty price tag. Class A’s start upwards of $85,000.

They can sleep 6-8 people and on average range from 29 to 45 feet. It is very much like having a mobile apartment on wheels.

Advantages

As with any recreational vehicle, Class A motorhomes have perks. They tend to be more appealing consumers due to their lush feel which is what makes them a popular type of RV.

Options

  • Class A’s are built on a bus chassis, there isn’t as much apprehension about heavier components. You’ll find solid wood, solid countertops, and other high-end options installed.
  • You’ll have a full indoor kitchen, and you may find a full outdoor kitchen as well.
  • Having a full bathroom won’t escape you either since Class A’s have this as a standard.

No Tow Vehicle Needed

You will not need another vehicle to pull your Class A.

You can jump in, turn it on, and be on your way to whichever destination you choose.

This is a huge convenience when going to certain events. You will be on the road much faster and can pull right into your space to set up.

Easy Setup

Class A’s have the quickest and easiest process when setting up your campsite.

You pull in, push a button to auto-level your camper, hook up your power and water, and push a couple buttons to get your slides out.

At this point, you are almost completely set up within a matter of moments.

Size

Class A’s don’t ask you to sacrifice much in the way of space.

In most floorplans, there will be a dedicated master bedroom and other options for children or guests.

There is plenty of elbow room to go around since most have multiple slides that expand your living area within the Class A.

One downside to the size is that you may be limited in your selection of available campsites if your Class A is near the top of the length range.

Image of motorhome driving through desert

Disadvantages

It is hard to see so many positives in one place and think that there can be any negatives. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case here. These many positives come at a cost, literally.

Expensive

Nothing is free in this world, and you would think that because you’re buying a nicer unit that it would come with all the nicest things built-in already.

Each upgrade that you make will cost you more money. Class A’s have the highest starting price as it is, but as you upgrade your finishes and options, you will also increase the price of your unit.

Fuel cost is one often overlooked expenditure. You’re driving an incredibly heavy vehicle. So you can imagine how few miles to the gallon you’ll get – or won’t get.

This is likely a six-figure camper with higher expenses than any other due to fuel costs, insurance premiums, and maintenance costs.

Maneuverability

Having so much room is a convenience to have when camping, but not when you’re traveling to get there.

Navigating side streets downtown. Pulling into shopping centers, gas stations, or restaurants with tight parking lots. Imagine how on edge you would be doing these in your car that you drive every day.

Now you’re doing so with a 40-foot behemoth that has almost a zero-degree turning radius. Ok, I’m exaggerating on that last one, but you get the point.

You will have quite a few restrictions when trying to get from place to place in a Class A.

And, once you’ve pulled in and set up at your campsite, you are stuck there. Well, unless you want to disconnect everything to drive down the street.

Due to this, people will usually tow a car or smaller SUV behind their Class A to go from place to place which will make traveling even more difficult.

Image of Class A in a campsite

Bottom Line

Class A’s are big mamma jammas. If you’re looking to forego the single-family home lifestyle and get out on the open road, this could be a nice option.

Did we pick it?

When determining the best fit for our family, the Class A checked many boxes for us, but it was too much for us.

While it possessed features and benefits that were undeniably amazing, the overall price of owning a Class A motorhome was more than our family wanted to take on.

I also owned my truck outright, so having a drivable RV wasn’t a necessity for us.

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